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PG&E affecting thousands with blackout

Thousands across northern California are feeling the effects of the power shutoffs.

Posted: Oct 10, 2019 8:48 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2019 8:26 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Thousands across northern California are feeling the effects of the power shutoffs.

Like many without power, one woman in Shasta County, Joanna Hottel, is having to deal with the recent PG&E shutoffs.

"I'm not happy with PG&E at all," Hottel said. "I'm sure I'm not the only one, I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people and as I say, I feel sorry for all the other people that aren't lucky as I am and can replace my things and stuff."

With the shutoff, Hottel has been having to ration the little amount of water she has left.

"I thought well, it's going to be two days," Hottel said. " I'll fill the trough up and put another bucket out there and they'll be fine. But we don't know how much longer it'll be."

Since Hottel is legally blind, she said this situation has been especially difficult for her.

"I am legally blind and they know that I am and they didn't call me," Hottel says. "They texted me and of course, I can't read a text, so I had no idea what was going on until I went ahead and called them."

Hottel said she's been a loyal customer of PG&E for over 20 years, but with the way PG&E is neglecting customers like her, she's ready to cut ties with the company.

"I would love to dump them today because I know there's a better way than PG&E," Hottel said.

Hottel said she's prepared with enough water and candles until PG&E decides to restore back power.

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